Collective Spirit: First Nation Residency Program & Events

Kalang Retreat, based on the Mornington Peninsula, acknowledges the custodians and owners of this land, the Boon Wurrung people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future and acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded.

Collective Spirit is a significant program offering a new generation of First Nation poets a pathway to collaborate and develop narratives during a 7-day residency at Kalang. Under the culturally supportive leadership of Ali Cobby Eckermann, three emerging poets, Monica Karo, Emily Munro-Harrison and Ryan Prehn, will learn the scope of poetic language as they are motivated to achieve excellence to ensure rewarding creative lives.

Ali Cobby Eckermann has led workshops for emerging First Nation writers across Australia and internationally. Through mentorship, she promotes poetry as healing, using the skills she learnt from the senior Anangu Ngangkari in the central deserts, her traditional land. Kalang Retreat is thrilled Ali will offer strong leadership and guidance throughout the program and the two premier presentation events.

It is an important time for Indigenous people to be heard, to gain strength as they share their knowledge. Ali Cobby Eckermann will host a presentation of the poet’s work at McCullouch & McCullouch's Whistlewood Gallery in Shoreham on Oct 13th 5-6pm, an opportunity for local audiences on the Mornington Peninsula to learn from their stories. A final presentation of First Nation poetry will be featured in Melbourne at the Wheeler Centre on October 14th 3-4pm.

Collective Spirit is presented by Kalang Retreat in partnership with the Wheeler Centre, Whistlewood Gallery, Baluk Arts and Australian Poetry, supported by City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program and the Victorian Government through Creative VicArts Grants. 

Collective Spirit at Whistlewood Gallery

Saturday Oct 13th 2018 5-6pm


Whistlewood Gallery

642 Tucks Road Shoreham

Collective Spirit at the Wheeler Centre

Sunday Oct 14th 2018 3-4pm

Free Event

176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

L to R: First Nation poets - Ryan Prehn, Emily Munro-Harrison, Monica Karo

L to R: First Nation poets - Ryan Prehn, Emily Munro-Harrison, Monica Karo